Thousands of Students Left in Lurch as Urdu Not Included in NEET Medical Qualifying Exam

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Thousands of Urdu medium school students spread across the country have been left in the lurch by the Modi government’s decision to keep Urdu out of NEET, the qualifying examination for medical courses.

Prof Shaikh Najamuddin, who is representing the case of Urdu students, said it is painful to know that the Union Ministry has decided to conduct the NEET-UG for the Academic Year 2017-18 in 8 languages but has kept Urdu out of this important test. There are Urdu medium higher secondary schools and junior colleges in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Jammu Kashmir, and Bihar.

Abdul Bari Masoud | Muslim Mirror

NEW DELHI — Was it a slip of mind or something else? India’s Health & Family Welfare Ministry has once again overlooked Urdu for the forthcoming the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) that will push millions of Urdu medium students in the lurch who want to pursue medical courses. The ministry did not remember the Supreme Court’s ruling that Urdu should also be included in the set of languages conducting the NEET when it was first introduced in 2013.
The Ministry has not yet issued the notification in this regard. However, the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, J P Nadda has announced that NEET will be conducted in eight languages including Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu and Tamil.
He said it has been decided after rigorous and extensive consultations with State Governments about their examination pattern and other related aspects. The decision will hurt more than 16,000 Urdu medium students across the country who are aspiring for admission in medical courses.
Prof Shaikh Najamuddin, who is representing the case of Urdu students, said it is painful to know that the Union Ministry has decided to conduct the NEET-UG for the Academic Year 2017-18 in 8 languages but has kept the Urdu out of this important test.
There are Urdu medium higher secondary schools and junior colleges in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Jammu Kashmir, and Bihar.
Prof Najamuddin who hails from Maharashtra, told this correspondent that the around 11000 students in Maharashtra alone study science in Urdu medium. Therefore, the absence of Urdu, as a medium of examination in NEET-UG effectively exclude from one of the most important professional entrance examination of the country.
He pointed out that state entrance tests for medical and dental courses were conducted also in the Urdu language in Maharashtra, AP and Telangana.
It is to be recalled that in 2013 delivering a judgment on the petition of filed by entitled Ansari Mahin Fatema &Ors against the Union of India, the Supreme Court has recognized that a large number of students, who have pursued the discipline consisting of Physics, chemistry, and Biology in the Urdu medium and such students stand to lose the opportunity to compete in this examination and it directed the Central Board of Secondary Education to conduct, albeit as a one-time measure, the separate test for such Urdu medium students.
It is curious to mentioned the fact that there are only 300, to 400 Marathi medium students in Maharashtra but the Union Health Ministry did not take Urdu students into account who’s numbers are in thousands.
Prof Najamuddin, who came here to represent the case with the concerned authorities, said the ministry should have taken into account the Apex court’s decision while selecting regional languages, and it has no reasonable basis especially for students who have had the option of appearing in their medium of instruction in their state CETs for medical and dental examination.
He said the exclusion of Urdu as a medium is highly detrimental to students across the country who received their secondary and higher secondary education in the Urdu language.NEW DELH– It seems to beMuslim a slip of mind or something else; the Union Health & Family Welfare Ministry has once again overlooked Urdu for the forthcoming the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) that will push thousands of Urdu medium students in the lurch who want to pursue medical courses. The ministry did not remember the Supreme Court’s ruling that Urdu should also be included in the set of languages conducting the NEET when it was first introduced in 2013.
The Ministry has not yet issued the notification in this regard. However, the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, J P Nadda has announced that NEET will be conducted in eight languages including Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu and Tamil.
He said it has been decided after rigorous and extensive consultations with State Governments about their examination pattern and other related aspects. The decision will hurt more than 16,000 Urdu medium students across the country who are aspiring for admission in medical courses.
Prof Shaikh Najamuddin, who is representing the case of Urdu students, said it is painful to know that the Union Ministry has decided to conduct the NEET-UG for the Academic Year 2017-18 in 8 languages but has kept the Urdu out of this important test.
There are Urdu medium higher secondary schools and junior colleges in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Jammu Kashmir, and Bihar.
Prof Najamuddin who hails from Maharashtra, told this correspondent that the around 11000 students in Maharashtra alone study science in Urdu medium. Therefore, the absence of Urdu, as a medium of examination in NEET-UG effectively exclude from one of the most important professional entrance examination of the country.
He pointed out that state entrance tests for medical and dental courses were conducted also in the Urdu language in Maharashtra, AP and Telangana.
It is to be recalled that in 2013 delivering a judgment on the petition of filed by entitled Ansari Mahin Fatema &Ors against the Union of India, the Supreme Court has recognized that a large number of students, who have pursued the discipline consisting of Physics, chemistry, and Biology in the Urdu medium and such students stand to lose the opportunity to compete in this examination and it directed the Central Board of Secondary Education to conduct, albeit as a one-time measure, the separate test for such Urdu medium students.
It is curious to mentioned the fact that there are only 300, to 400 Marathi medium students in Maharashtra but the Union Health Ministry did not take Urdu students into account who’s numbers are in thousands.
Prof Najamuddin, who came here to represent the case with the concerned authorities, said the ministry should have taken into account the Apex court’s decision while selecting regional languages, and it has no reasonable basis especially for students who have had the option of appearing in their medium of instruction in their state CETs for medical and dental examination.
He said the exclusion of Urdu as a medium is highly detrimental to students across the country who received their secondary and higher secondary education in the Urdu language.

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